Author Archives: Peggy Cunningham

About Peggy Cunningham

Peggy Cunningham and her husband, Chuck, have been missionaries in Bolivia,S.A., since 1981. They have a children's ministry and teach practical skills to underprivileged children while reaching them for Christ. Rumi Rancho is their home and ministry base in a rural area of Cochabamba. Peggy enjoys teaching cooking and Bible classes to teen girls. She is also a published author of 14 books (all available on Amazon), and enjoys writing for several Christian publications. The Cunninghams have been instrumental in establishing two churches in the Cochabamba area. To learn more about Peggy click on her website below.

Forgetting God

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“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves…” (Mark 6:31 NRSV). 

What day is it? Maybe, a day to remember. At times, I forget God. I forget to pray. I rush remembering my schedule forgetting His schedule. Classes this afternoon, a writing deadline, a newsletter to write, emails to answer, the things that are always on my schedule. Am I forgetting anything today? Yes. God’s schedule–a time with Him. Has He forgotten me?

When life gets so busy, it’s easy to not spend time with the One who gives us all blessings. This last week, I daily asked the Lord for so many things–understanding in all I’m learning, health to do it all, and provision for our ministry and us––along with all those prayers for family, friends, and safety. And, I kept telling the Lord I wanted to spend more time with Him––but, I had Him on hold. Yes, I had devotions, and yes, I meditated on Scripture but had I blocked out everything so I could hear His voice? Not really!

But this morning, God gave me that time. I hadn’t made time for Him, so He arranged a deserted place to be with Him. He said to them [me],”Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while” Mark 6:31(NRSV).

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Our Internet server’s tech guy finally arrived to find and fix the problem we were having with our speed. They had to cut our service to work on the issue. No internet and so many things to do. After pleading with God that He hurry those men along so I could get to the tasks I had to do, I heard Him say, “Come with Me.”

I closed my computer and opened my Bible. I began reading in Psalms where I had stopped yesterday, and this is what it said…

“Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle” Psalm 144:1(NIV). I have been in a battle. Any time we are giving God’s Word out, we engage in that battle, and it is a war. The enemy will do anything to keep God’s Word from spreading. Now I am writing to get God’s Word out, and I feel that opposition. Never before have we had so many unresolved internet problems. And, some days I feel like my head is going to explode from all the new things I am putting into it. But, God is training my hands and fingers so that I can write His message.

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After spending time in God’s Word, I wasn’t uptight because it was taking so long to get my internet up and running again. I took a walk with God up the mountain behind our house. There were no camels there in my desert, only two ponies and what seemed like thousands of birds singing to Him––a little bit of heaven, a refreshing time with my Creator. I didn’t have to travel to an exotic faraway place to get away from it all  (I already live in one), I just needed His refreshing presence.

I know God will teach me what I need to know, so that I accomplish the work He has for me. He is training my hands and fingers to write for him. He told me so today when I walked with Him.

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What day is it today? Today (and every day) is a day to remember God. He never forgets you and me. Will you walk with Him in a deserted place today?

“The Lord remembers us and will bless us” (Psalm 115:12a NLT). Let’s not forget Him.

Kids’ Christmas Project 2019

Taking the Gospel to the Andes

Christmas is coming and children will hear the Good News

Rumi Rancho looks forward to Christmas each year to take the gospel to remote regions and bless kids in the Andes Mountains––also in our churches and around Rumi Rancho. Many have never heard of Jesus and never receive gifts at Christmas. This year makes 20 years since we started our mountain trips. Now, through one of the churches we helped start, Bolivians reach their own people and the children of these hard to reach places. We are blessed to continue being a part of God’s plan to reach the unreached.

“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved…” Matthew 16:15-16 NIV

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“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 NIV

This year, we venture on a new project to gift books to children along with other gifts, food, and bread––and always sandals made of old tires (typical footwear in the mountains.)

My First Books to be Printed in Bolivia in Spanish

LouiseThe first book to be printed here in Bolivia is in memory of my best friend who resides in Heaven now, Louise (Marne) Vimislicky. Her family sent a gift (in lieu of flowers) and this idea was born. Louise loved our mountain ministry, and I’m sure her dimples are visible knowing kids will get books about Jesus this Christmas and throughout the coming year.

Over the years, Rumi Rancho has ministered in a plethora of ministries: children’s ministries, church planting, adult Bible studies, and Quechua outreach to mountainous areas to name just a few. God blesses us and His work through you, His people, and we are forever grateful for your partnership. Now we venture once more into unknown territories to share the gospel through one more avenue to reach children for Jesus. Thanks to Louise’s family and friends who helped with the cost to this point, this project is about to go from a dream to reality. But, now the cost of printing is the only obstacle standing in the way. The book is about our friendship.

Prayers Please for Printing

Pray with us for our book project for gifting books to kids this Christmas. Now, the Pegtales Series joins the Really Rare Rabbits Series in Spanish so we can reach more children with stories of Jesus. Pray that we’ll have the funds this month to go to print here in Bolivia with Mejores Amigas y Gusanos: Libro 1 of the series. It is now published and available on Amazon. With the book rights from all my (Peggy) books returned to me, we are now able to print books here for Bolivia, under the imprint of Worthy Words Press, thus avoiding shipping costs and customs charges.

The Pegtales Series is now available on Amazon in English, (soon all in Spanish too), and any proceeds from the books sold on Amazon will go towards printing books in Bolivia for this 2019 Christmas project.

Find them on Amazon at: http://bit.ly/2PHmEiePeggyCunningham

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Trusting the Lord for this book to be printed in time for Christmas 2019.

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Now available on Amazon in Paperback: https://amzn.to/34G5ntY

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2rrbhkp

Visit our other sites: http://www.PeggyCunningham.com and http://www.WorthyWordsPress.com

Rumi Rancho Ministry News

This site is currently under construction. While it is being updated, please visit our other sites. http://www.PeggyCunningham.com and http://www.WorthyWordsPress.com. But, feel free to take a look around here first. I’m looking forward to “reporting”  from my unique location in the Andes Mountains.

Thank you for visiting our sites.

Chuño for Dinner

Chuño for Dinner

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If you come to my house for dinner, what would I prepare for you?

I would certainly prepare a banquet for you after traveling so far just for dinner––to Bolivia. And, for sure I’d serve a Bolivian meal. Our family loves Bolivian food, and one of our favorite Bolivian meals is Picante de Pollo (translation, spicy chicken). It’s a chicken dish cooked in a spicy tomato sauce. And, the sides are uniquely Bolivian. The chicken is served with rice, a salad of tomatoes and onions, boiled potatoes, and a unique potato called chuño. It’s a potato harvested in the Altiplano—the high flatlands of Bolivia. This location in the Andes has freezing temperatures much of the year.

What is chuño, you ask?

Chuño is a freeze-dried potato product traditionally made by the Quechua and Aymara communities of Bolivia and Peru and is know in other countries of South America, including Argentina and Chile. It is made in a five-day process, obtained by exposing a frost-resistant variety of potatoes to the very low night temperatures of the Andes Altiplano, freezing them, and subsequently exposing them to the intense sunlight of the day––this being the traditional process. The word chuño is a Quechua word meaning ‘frozen potato’ and in some dialects means ‘wrinkled’.

And to top off the meal, I’d serve a traditional flan for dessert. I promise if you don’t want to try the chuño, I won’t be offended. It’s the only Bolivian food that I don’t miss while on furlough in the States. As for the rest of the meal, I have no doubt you’ll find it deliciosa (English translation, delicious––some words in Spanish are similar to English). I’m sure you’ll find it a meal to remember when you return home.

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Picante de Pollo originated from western Bolivia
and is characterized by its aroma and spicy taste of chuño (dehydrated potatoes).

*Chuño is the dark potato at the left of the photo.

Secret Talent

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What secret talents do you have?

I think my secret talent is related to my hair––blonde with streaks of white. Can hair be a secret talent? Maybe. But, maybe it’s not my hair at all that’s a secret talent, but maybe it’s what my hair can do––attract little girls like a magic magnet. I noticed this secret talent a few years back when little girls started to stare and smile at me. Living in a country where blondes are not seen often, I accredited my attraction to little girls to my hair––and being a tall, blonde––a site rarely seen in Bolivia. When I first noticed this secret talent, it to opened doors to ministry with little girls, especially during Sunday School hours.

“And the special gift of ministry you received…keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible” (2 Timothy 1:6-7 (MSG).

When my daughter was a small child, her hair attracted attention on the streets of Bolivia. People constantly touched her long, curly blonde hair whenever we walked around the city where we lived. Since my aging brought with it bottled blonde hair with white streaks, I too became a rarely seen site. But then, something else entered into my secret talent. On furloughs, I also noticed this happening in the States where blonde hair is not unusual. Being a children’s writer, I’ve always felt I connect with children, but not in such a magical way as I do with little girls. When I meet or talk with little girls, I automatically talk on their level and so love being with them. I truly believe God has given me a special gift of ministry with children (a secret talent)–– especially with little girls. It’s so much fun!

What’s your special gift of ministry?

Merry Christmas

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Rumi Rancho Reindeer

“There really are reindeer in Bolivia,”
said Abby to her sisters, Ellie and Olivia.

“They seem to me just a little bit strange.
Aunt Peggy says it’s because they’re open range.

I’ve seen them and they are strange indeed
Because their funny antlers are red and green.”

Many kids walk far to go to Rumi Rancho to play
They hear stories of Jesus and always want to stay.

They heard that Jesus was born a long time ago
His birthday is on Christmas day and He loves us so.

Missionaries travel the whole world wide
To tell the Good News that Jesus is alive.

He was born in a manger on Christmas day
So that we might learn of all God’s ways.

The way to heaven is still the same
Believe in Jesus, He knows us by name.

We know we celebrate because you are the reason
So Happy Birthday, Jesus, this Christmas Season.

From Rumi Rancho you can hear the kids cheer
Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord” Luke 2:11

And before you go, check out this recipe all the way from Bolivia!

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BOLIVIAN BUÑUELOS RECIPE:

Buñelos are a popular snack throughout Latin America. While they can be eaten at
anytime, Bolivian tradition sees them eaten on Christmas morning with syrup and hot
chocolate.

Buñuelos are a soft doughy sweetbread that is deep-fried in the same way doughnuts are
made, with a similar flavor but a slightly more chewy texture, traditionally served
drizzled with a syrup or honey. The buñuelos are often puffy with a crispy crust and air
pockets on the inside.
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons fresh yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon anise
2 eggs
2 cups flour
3 cups oil
Molasses to taste
1/2 cup sunflower oil to moisten hands

Preparation:
In a bowl, dissolve the sugar in water, add the fresh yeast, let it stand for about 7 minutes,
then add the salt, anise, eggs and flour, mixing it slowly with your hand until you obtain a
watery dough. Let the dough stand and rise twice before you start frying in hot butter or
oil.

To fry, first spread oil over your hands, take a handful of dough with the fingertips and
stretch it into a 4-inch round; rotating the dough occasionally to form a circle. When
about to fry, poke a hole in the middle, and put in the frying pan with a stick or the back
of a wooden spoon through the hole. Let it acquire a golden brown color on both sides
before retiring and leave in a colander to drain away excess oil; then put all in a bowl to
serve.

Serve with a jug of hot sugar cane syrup, molasses or honey for each person to add the desired amount on the buñuelo. Note: Some Bolivians prefer to eat their buñuelos covered in sifted powdered sugar.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Bees, God, and Me

Where was God?

Didn’t He see them in the middle of a foreign country with no help?

Frustrated and exhausted, Peggy walked the mission property early mornings to slip away temporarily from her caregiver duties and meet with the Savior. Her husband suffered from a bout with shingles that left him in constant pain with no relief––not even with morphine. Months turned into years. Countless doctors tried their best but with no success.

Where was God? Didn’t He see them in the middle of a foreign country with no help? Hadn’t they given their lives to serve as missionaries and trusted Him for their health? She wept as she sat near a flowerbed filled with daisies.

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Just then, the buzz of bees drew her attention. They danced peacefully from flower to flower doing the job God created them to do, even as a storm approached. She noticed a pattern. If bees could be joyful and peaceful in all circumstances, surely she could find a way.

Through the thirty-one devotions, this book examines what Peggy learned about God’s intricate creation of the honeybee and how it speaks direction into our need for living peaceful, productive lives while overcoming stress and achieving joy. God is faithful always, and His creation magnifies His majesty if we take time to seek Him in everyday situations––even through the honeybee.

Available on Amazon.com in Paperback and on Kindle at: https://amzn.to/2USFx5C